Its name comes from the comical ballet that launched at the Paris Opera in 1870 and tells the story of Coppélia, a mechanical doll whose extraordinary beauty draws admirers desperate to win her affections.
Since medieval times chandeliers have also drawn us into their beauty like moths to the flame. First made for the nobility as a symbol of status and luxury, chandeliers gained popularity and by the 18th century were embraced by Venetian glass makers whose ability to facet crystal transformed light with magical effect, their spectacular creations soon gracing theatres and palaces across Europe.
With a nod to the rich history of chandeliers and the designers who produced them, Coppélia is one of the newest chandeliers in Moooi's popular lighting collection. Coppélia has 54 LED lights connected to a delicate frame of interconnecting fine wire, creating both its structure and its shape. Arihiro's ability to hone back to the simplest of forms gives the piece a lightness, it feels finessed, like a beautiful piece of jewellery, with tapering lights reminiscent of candles used in the earliest chandeliers.
A stand out at the MPavilion program this year was Design Your Own Pavilion dreamt up and run by architects Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips of OpenHAUS. Their weekend program looked at what a pavilion was and how you might go about designing one and engaged more than 30 kids in the adventure.
Named a UNESCO Creativity City of Design in 2015, we take a look at the region's new design hotspot where Space Furniture both strategically and somewhat fortuitously, opened its South East Asa flagship more than a decade ago.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
We visit the Rose Seidler House for a spring picnic tour with Space and a group of architects, engineers and designers from across Australia. Nearly 70-years since the house was completed, its popularity reveals even more than Harry Seidler's exciting and radical vision for the suburban home in 1950.
Launched by Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz and based in east London, Minimalux has been steadily building a collection of bespoke personal design items that are refined in detail and finished by hand – and attracting a worldwide following including design entrepreneur Casper Vissers.
With legendary art director Massimo Morozzi, founders Valerio and Monica Mazzei launched Edra in the final days of the Memphis movement, developing an advanced research hub where designers, including Zaha Hadid, Francesco Binfaré and Fernando and Humberto Campana, helped establish Edra's reputation as the avant-garde of the Italian design industry.
Celebrating 20 years and the innovative leaps and bounds of furniture maker B&B Italia, the Charles sofa designed by Antonio Citterio was named in honour of Charles Eames and the extraordinary lengths he and Ray Eames went to, experimenting and testing materials and pushing the design industry into the future.
Piero Lissoni's studio is a thriving creative hub, with projects from furniture to hotels to the visual identity for the International Film Festival in Venice We meet Piero Lissoni's first collection with B&B Italia – Saké and Formiche – a collaboration that began over dinner with founder Piero Busnelli more than 20 years ago.
To mark their 90th anniversary, Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina has released This Will Be The Place, a book that boldly examines the territory of the future in tune with the present and the past, with surprisingly diverse results.
In Miilan this year, Serralunga launched the Cassero collection with Patricia Urquiola. It’s a range that responds to the international love for urban gardening with a series of beautifully pared back pots for planting everything from bamboo to micro-vegetable gardens.